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Louis Aston Knight: A Study of Light and Water
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Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
A Summer's Day, La Riviere
Oil on canvas
21 1/2 x 18 inches
Signed and inscribed La Riviere
Gallerie 454, Grosse Point Park, MI
Ms. Gabrielle D. Dooley, Southfield, MI
Rehs Galleries, Inc., New York City
One of a pair

Louis Aston KnightA Cottage in the Meadow Louis Aston KnightA River Landscape - Fall Louis Aston KnightA Summer's Day, La Riviere
Louis Aston KnightAlong the River, Beaumont Louis Aston KnightCottage by the River Louis Aston KnightCottage by the River, Launay
Louis Aston KnightCottage Garden, Normandy Louis Aston KnightDiane's Cottage Louis Aston KnightDiane's Cottage in June
Louis Aston KnightLe Pont Fleuri, Quimperlé Louis Aston KnightLes Vieux Lavoirs, Beaumont Louis Aston KnightLes Vieux Lavoirs, Normandie
Louis Aston KnightPink Phlox, Normandie Louis Aston KnightThe Mill Stream Louis Aston KnightAlong the River, Beaumont-le-Roger
Louis Aston KnightThe Blue Cottage Louis Aston KnightSummer Blossoms, St. Gertrude Louis Aston KnightA Beaumont-le-Roger
Louis Aston KnightCottage by the River Louis Aston KnightThe Risle at Le Riviere Thibouville Louis Aston KnightThe Old Harbor, Dordricht, Holland
Louis Aston KnightFlowers in Bloom Louis Aston KnightThe Charentonne at Serquigny Louis Aston KnightCottage Garden at Martigny
Louis Aston KnightSummer Morning Louis Aston KnightCottage at Launay Louis Aston KnightThe Little Mill Near Bec Heloin
Louis Aston KnightLa Varenne at Martigny Louis Aston KnightSunlight & Shadow Louis Aston KnightCottage by the River
Louis Aston KnightLes Bords de la Risle Louis Aston KnightBeaumontel Louis Aston KnightA Cote de Riviere
Louis Aston KnightSummer Garden Louis Aston KnightThe Walker Cake, Putney Louis Aston KnightFleur au bord de la Riviere
Louis Aston KnightA Bend in the River Louis Aston KnightMy Mill Louis Aston KnightAlong the Seine
Louis Aston KnightDiane's Cottage Louis Aston KnightSummer Evening, Beaumont Louis Aston KnightBeaumont-le-Roger
Louis Aston KnightRio St. Aponal, Venice Louis Aston KnightApple Blossoms Louis Aston KnightMaisonette a Cote de Riviere
Louis Aston KnightRiverside Farm – South Kortright, N.Y. Louis Aston KnightSummer Garden, Normandy Louis Aston KnightSummer Afternoon, Normandy
Louis Aston KnightThe Winding River Louis Aston KnightCottage by the River Louis Aston KnightLe Soir, Dordrecht
Louis Aston KnightLa Vieux Lavoir, Normandy Louis Aston KnightQuiet Corner, a Cottage Near Dieppe Louis Aston KnightThe Long Cottage
Louis Aston KnightPont del Angelo, Venice Louis Aston KnightSummer, Beaumont-le-Roger Louis Aston KnightOld Mill in Normandy
Louis Aston KnightThe Risle Valley, Normandy Louis Aston KnightBrittany Evening Louis Aston KnightMarket Place, Rouen
Louis Aston KnightMarket Place, Rouen Louis Aston KnightHonfleur, France Louis Aston KnightSummer Flowers
Louis Aston KnightGoupilliere, France Louis Aston KnightA Cottage at Goupillieres (Normandy) Louis Aston KnightLa Risle a Beaumont-le-Roger
Louis Aston KnightGarden & Meadow, Normandy, Risle Valley Louis Aston KnightDiane's Cottage, Beaumont-le-Roger Louis Aston KnightSur le Soir
Louis Aston KnightCottages Along the River Louis Aston KnightRisle Valley Louis Aston KnightDiane's Cottage
Louis Aston KnightChaumiere, a bord de l'eau Louis Aston KnightDiane's Cottage Louis Aston KnightDiane's Cottage at Sunset
Louis Aston KnightA Canal in Venice Louis Aston KnightThe End of the Village Louis Aston KnightA River in Normandy


Louis Aston Knight, was the son of the American expatriate artist, Daniel Ridgway Knight. Born in Paris in 1873, Louis, unlike his father, had the privilege to be brought up in a home where he was surrounded by art and music. Raised and educated in Europe, Louis attended the Chigwell School in England for his Liberal Arts Education and began his artistic training, under the guidance of his father. Later he studied formally with the great French Romantic painters, Robert-Fleury and Jules Lefebvre.

In 1894 Aston Knight debuted at the Paris Salon, starting a highly acclaimed career. Among his many awards, he won a Bronze medal at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900, an honorable mention at the Paris Salon in 1901, a gold medal in Lyon in 1903, a gold medal in Geneva and in Nantes in 1904 and Gold medals at the Paris Salon in both 1905 and 1906, earning him the title Hors concours as the first American to win two gold medals at the Salon in two consecutive years. Knight, was also made a Knight of the Legion of Honor in 1924 becoming an Officer in 1928 and eventually a Commander in 1934.

Louis Aston Knight is most famous for his French landscapes executed in and around his home in Beaumont-le-Roger. Aston looked up to Claude Monet, and visited him from time to time at his home in Giverny. He was particularly impressed with Monet's gardens, and strove to cultivate a garden as beautiful as the master's. Knight also awarded prizes each year to the neighboring peasants who kept the nicest gardens. This ensured him of good models for his cottage landscape paintings.

Gradually Aston Knight became well known in the New York art scene and traveled to the United States many times – painting scenes in New York, Florida and California. In 1911, Knoedler and Co. held an exhibition of his landscapes of the U.S.A. and France. His exhibition at the Levy Gallery in New York, in 1931 attracted much attention. In fact, "Art News" critiqued the show (26 December issue) and described his fame and plein-air approach:

A group of new landscapes by Aston Knight, the popular painter of the Normandy Riverscape, is the Holiday attraction at the Levy Gallery. Mr. Knight sticks closely to his well established formula, doubtless due to the tremendous acclaim acquired in his earlier years when Hopkinson Smith publicized him as the "painter in the high rubber boots" for Mr. Knight was not content with studying the action of the Normandy streams from the comfortable banks.... used to [put] on a pair of waist-high rubber boots and setting up his easel in mid-stream, paint the purling waters at first hand.

Aston Knight was a favorite of American Presidents in his day. In 1922, President Harding purchased Aston Knight’s painting entitled The Afterglow, to hang in the White House. Knight even held a private exhibition at the White House for President Coolidge during his Presidency.

Many of his works have had international acclaim and are housed in the art collections throughout the world, including: the Luxembourg Museum; Musee des Colonies, Paris; the Museum of Fine Arts, Toledo, Ohio and the Delgado Museum, New Orleans.

John Levy Galleries, N.Y., Nov. 24 – Dec. 6, n.d.
Knoedler & Co., N.Y., Dec 26, 1911 – Jan 6, 1912
Detroit Museum of Art, March 18 – 30, 1914
Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY, May 1918
Biltmore Salon, L.A., CA., Exhibition of Landscapes by Aston
Knight, January 26 to February 7, 1931

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